Grandad & Nanna's Bible Story - Chapter 4

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“Nanna, did Adam and Eve have children?” we hear you ask.

Well, yes they did, our child, and two of their children, were called Cain and Abel. (Genesis 4:1-2 Genesis 4:1-2 [1] And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bore Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the LORD. [2] And she again bore his brother Abel. And Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground.
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“Did they love God, Grandad?” we hear you say, next.

One did, but sadly, one didn’t.

How did God know whether Cain or Abel loved God?

The answer to that question has an amazing story to it.

Do you remember how Adam and Eve had sinned against God, and because of that they would die?

Well, they were told by God that one day, the spiritual One with the Father, called “Logos” (meaning “The Word”) would come as a man and would die the death penalty for sin. (John 1:1-3 John 1:1-3 [1] In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. [2] The same was in the beginning with God. [3] All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.
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, 14, 1 John 3:4 1 John 3:4Whoever commits sin transgresses also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.
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, Romans 6:23 Romans 6:23For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
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, Romans 3:23 Romans 3:23For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
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This happened, many, many, many years later when Jesus Christ was born to Mary.

The one called The Word did this by changing from spirit which we can’t see, because it is invisible, to flesh, and being born as a tiny baby, just like you, our child.

Jesus lived a perfect life and he was put to death, shedding His blood, like an innocent lamb.

God taught Adam and Eve and their children, like Cain and Abel, that The Word, who was God with God our Father, would lovingly come to this earth. God told them He would pay the death for sin, so we can all be forgiven and live in God’s Family forever. (John 3:16 John 3:16For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
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To remind them not to sin, because God was going to have to come in the future to die for them, God told them to kill a lamb at chosen times of God, and burn its flesh on an altar.

God told Adam and Eve to teach their sons, like Cain and Abel, to do this as well.

Now, one day, Cain and Abel brought their sacrifices to an altar, as God had asked them to do. (Genesis 4:3-4 Genesis 4:3-4 [3] And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering to the LORD. [4] And Abel, he also brought of the firstborn of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the LORD had respect to Abel and to his offering:
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But guess what?

Even though Cain grew mostly vegetables, he had a few sheep. He had a prized lamb that he did not want to sacrifice to God, as God said he should. (Genesis 4:2 Genesis 4:2And she again bore his brother Abel. And Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground.
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Cain was naughty and thought he could do things better than God.

So, because he was greedy, and stubborn against God, he just brought some of his vegetables and fruit that he had grown, to sacrifice, which was much easier and cheaper for him to give up.

Abel, his brother, loved God very much, and wisely did what God asked him to do.

Abel was a sheep herder, and he chose his best lamb in all of his flock, to sacrifice to God, because he was very thankful to God, for everything that God does for us, as children of God.

God was so happy with Abel’s sacrifice, God later had the apostle Paul say that he would be remembered for being a righteous hero of God, always.  (Hebrews 11:4 Hebrews 11:4By faith Abel offered to God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaks.
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What would you have done, if you were Cain or Abel, our child?

Does it matter to God, how we worship God? (Matthew 15:9 Matthew 15:9But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.
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For example, when God tells us to stop from our normal work, to rest and worship God on the 7th day of each week, or on one of God’s annual Holy Days, to especially keep it holy, should we do what God says?   Or should we worship God on the 1stday of the week or some other different day, than God has said, and say that day is holy? (Exodus 20:8-11 Exodus 20:8-11 [8] Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. [9] Six days shall you labor, and do all your work: [10] But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD your God: in it you shall not do any work, you, nor your son, nor your daughter, your manservant, nor your maidservant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger that is within your gates: [11] For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: why the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.
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Can we as people make something specially holy, or is God the only One who can make something holy?

Well Cain sinned like Adam and Eve, because he thought he could be smarter than God and do what he thought would be a holy sacrifice.

Cain’s thoughts were not right. Cain did not want to lovingly obey God. Cain did what he thought was right in his own mind. He was terribly wrong. (Proverbs 14:12 Proverbs 14:12There is a way which seems right to a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.
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Of course God could not accept Cain’s wrong sacrifice of fruit and vegetables and told him he had done wrong and sinned. (Genesis 4:5 Genesis 4:5But to Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell.
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But, God loved Abel’s sacrifice of his best lamb.

Do you know what Cain did then?

Cain should have said he was sorry to God, shouldn’t he, our child?

But Cain did not repent to God, and he was so angry and jealous of his brother Abel, that he killed Abel.

Abel was the first martyr or faithful person to die, who loved God with all his heart.

God will raise up Abel again and make him alive again in the coming 1stResurrection, when Jesus Christ returns to this Earth, and he will live with Jesus, in the Kingdom of God over this whole earth. (Revelation 20:4-6 Revelation 20:4-6 [4] And I saw thrones, and they sat on them, and judgment was given to them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark on their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years. [5] But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection. [6] Blessed and holy is he that has part in the first resurrection: on such the second death has no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.
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, Revelation 5:10 Revelation 5:10And have made us to our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.
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, Daniel 7:18 Daniel 7:18But the saints of the most High shall take the kingdom, and possess the kingdom for ever, even for ever and ever.
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, Daniel 7:27 Daniel 7:27And the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdom under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people of the saints of the most High, whose kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey him.
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Abel will forever be known as a hero of God. Abel will live forever with Jesus and God our Father and all of us too, as sons and daughters in God’s Family. (Ephesians 3:15 Ephesians 3:15Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named,
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Won’t that be a wonderful reward for Abel for loving God and doing what God said?

When God came and asked Cain where his brother Abel was, Cain told a terrible lie.

Instead of being very sorry and saying “I repent of killing my brother Abel”, Cain said rudely to God: “Am I my brother’s keeper? Do you expect me to know everything about my brother and where he is?”

As punishment for Cain killing his brother Abel, God put a curse upon him. So Cain was penalised heavily by God for his sin of breaking the 6th Commandment. 

He told him that he would be a wanderer on Earth and that he would have to leave his relatives. This was also another penalty God placed on Cain. So, Cain did not get away with his sin of murder, without being heavily penalised by God. 

Further to these penalties, God also put a mark on Cain, so that no one would kill him, but he would have to spend the rest of his life feeling very guilty for his awful sin of murder and suffering the penalties for his stubborn lack of repentance. (Genesis 4:11-15 Genesis 4:11-15 [11] And now are you cursed from the earth, which has opened her mouth to receive your brother's blood from your hand; [12] When you till the ground, it shall not from now on yield to you her strength; a fugitive and a vagabond shall you be in the earth. [13] And Cain said to the LORD, My punishment is greater than I can bear. [14] Behold, you have driven me out this day from the face of the earth; and from your face shall I be hid; and I shall be a fugitive and a vagabond in the earth; and it shall come to pass, that every one that finds me shall slay me. [15] And the LORD said to him, Therefore whoever slays Cain, vengeance shall be taken on him sevenfold. And the LORD set a mark on Cain, lest any finding him should kill him.
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Not only was he to bear his terrible guilt for the rest of his life, but  because he stubbornly would not repent, he would be considered a shameful person of bad example, before all the other people on Earth.

 

God has different ways of dealing with individual people, according to God's wisdom and understanding about them and what is truly in their hearts and minds.

God wisely matches the punishment to fit the person and to fit the crime.

That is why it is best for God to judge and not man.
 

Nanna asks you, our child: “Which one of these two would you have been? Cain or Abel?”

To be a hero like Abel, means we should love God with all of our heart and mind and body, right? (Deuteronomy 6:5-6 Deuteronomy 6:5-6 [5] And you shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might. [6] And these words, which I command you this day, shall be in your heart:
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, Matthew 22:37-39 Matthew 22:37-39 [37] Jesus said to him, You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. [38] This is the first and great commandment. [39] And the second is like to it, You shall love your neighbor as yourself.
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Grandad asks you, too: “If you love God and do what God says, and bad things happen to you, will God always take care of you, no matter what happens?” (Romans 8:28 Romans 8:28And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
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, Romans 8:31 Romans 8:31What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?
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, Romans 8:39 Romans 8:39Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
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To be continued in Chapter 5…